Learning the Spanish days of the week is another easy lesson that most can master in no time. The fact there are only 7 like English makes our task simpler still.
Like English, most days of the week in Spanish follow a pattern with two exceptions. Monday to Friday all end in “es” which should make those days easy to learn. The “es” is an abbreviation for “day” in Latin. Saturday and Sunday are quite different which we will explain below.
Spanish Days of the Week Differences
One important grammatical difference is that the Spanish days of the week are not capitalised. In English these days always begin with a capital letter. The origin of the words for each language also differ somewhat. Most of the Spanish days get their names from planets apart from Saturday and Sunday. Most days in English come from Teutonic mythology and the names for Anglo-Saxon Gods.
Monday – lunes (from the words “la luna” which means the moon)
Tuesday – martes (from the word “Marte” or the planet Mars)
Wednesday – miércoles (from the word “Mercurio” or the planet Mercury)
Thursday – jueves (from the planet Jupiter)
Friday – viernes (from the planet Venus)
Saturday – sábado (from the Hebrew word “Sabbat” which is the day of rest in the Jewish and Christian calendar)
Sunday – domingo (from the Latin word “Dominus” which means “Lord” or “Day of the Lord”)
Spanish Days Of The Week Phrases
Below are just a few useful phrases relevant to the days of the week in Spanish.
- Los días de la semana – The days of the week
- ¿Qué día es hoy? – What day is it today?
- Hoy es lunes – Today is Monday
- Mañana es domingo – Tomorrow is Sunday
- Ayer era martes – Yesterday was Tuesday
Below is an excellent video that goes into more detail about the Spanish days of the week. Image credit on this page also goes to the same teacher in this video.